David Andrews of Andrews AC Electric Inc., in Knoxville, Tenn., is one example of the small business owners who have flooded the state’s Department of Human Services with positive feedback. David has seen his business go from layoffs to stabilization. As the economy has strengthened, so has his company.
The DHS is responsible for awarding Recovery Act weatherization funding in Tennessee from the U.S. Department of Energy, and the effects of weatherization work in the Volunteer State are helping small businesses like David’s prosper.
“The weatherization contracts have helped us, and I have been able to add a couple of employees,” David says. “The stimulus came at times that were bad for us and helped us stabilize, and now work seems to be picking up for us.”
Electrical contractors for the Knox County Community Action Committee are working to make homes safer for residents who qualify for weatherization assistance by making much-needed replacements on electrical components within those homes.
“Sometimes we need to go in and replace outdated wiring because of safety factors,” David says. “A lot of people around here still have the old fuse panels, so we’re changing those out for them to make their homes safer to live in.”
The work is not only helping David’s business, but it has also uplifted the disadvantaged and elderly in the area.
“They are very gracious and thankful because some of them have lived on the critical edge,” he says. “They love the work we’re doing.”